New music from Grant Evans and Rachel Evans (Motion Sickness of Time Travel) under their recently adopted alter-ego Coyote Image, forthcoming from Kimberly Dawn, Frank Baugh’s limited-run mini-CDr label. Grant and Rachel are most familiar for their individual efforts, their duo Quiet Evenings and their ceaselessly fascinating indie label, Hooker Vision. It was brilliant to finally see them perform live at the Stone in New York City on February 1. Already I’m looking forward to next time, but suspect they’ll drag me down to Athens, Georgia, before that.
Singer and synth player Caroline Teagle’s latest creation as Imperial Topaz, with Zachary Zierden on more synths, might just be her sultriest song to date. You can catch the duo’s live debut at The Stone in New York City on Sunday, February 3, and, if you act fast, you can snag a copy of their new split cassette with Motion Sickness of Time Travel on brother Franklin Teagle’s label, Tranquility Tapes (for which Carolyn provides all the snazzy cover art).
English mystery-music imprint Mordant Music, operated by shadowy performing cartel Mordant or constituents thereof, has just announced a prime clutch of vinyl reissues devoted to Tod Dockstader, an extraordinary American electronic-music autodidact. Electronic, Vol. 1 is the first of two planned volumes culled from the library-music collection of publisher Boosey & Hawkes; Bell Stomp/Pond Dance/Boingo Background, a 10-inch companion, includes the Mordant Music remix embedded nearby, and another by Ekoplekz. Both are available to pre-order from Surus and Boomkat; the latter charges a bit less, but the former throws MP3 downloads at no additional cost.
The quintessential Dockstader document, Quatermass, is available from the Colorado label Starkland, which has also issued a companion volume, Apocalypse. Eugene Chadbourne’s AllMusic Guide review of yet another Dockstader release, Eight Electronic Pieces, is required reading, and you can hear the LP on MOG or Spotify.
Glory be… Sacred Phrases, a consistently inspiring tape label, is about to release a second volume of Inscriptions, a two-cassette sampler weighing in at nearly two-and-a-half hours of music by the likes of Quiet Evenings, M. Geddes Gengras, Pierrot Lunaire, Hakobune, Dry Valleys, Venn Rain and more. Watch the label’s website, Facebook page and/or Twitter feed for details.
Violinist Hilary Hahn is full of surprises, and this one is as special as it is unexpected: Silfra, a beautiful, improvisatory new joint project created with Hauschka (German pianist-composer Volker Bertelmann) and produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson (partner to Björk, Nico Muhly and more), comes out May 22 on Deutsche Grammophon. To celebrate, Hahn and Hauschka will play together at City Winery on June 20, part of a five-date tour that includes stops in Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Boston.
Grant Evans, co-proprietor of the consistently engaging Hooker Vision label and the artist formerly known as Nova Scotian Arms, created this new video for “Space Memory,” a track from Celestial Habitat, a new LP (yes, vinyl) by Brooklyn synth duo Afterlife (Franklin Teagle and Ryan McGill). The album is available on March 27 via the Hooker Vision website.
“Pie Jesu” originally came to life as a Robert Fripp solo soundscape performance; this version, transcribed by Bert Lams, orchestrated by Andrew Keeling and further massaged by producer David Singleton, comes from The Wine of Silence, due out on Fripp’s DGM label in late April. You’ll find more samples from this quite stunning album, which features performances by the Metropole Orkest conducted by Jan Stulen, on the DGMLive TV page; for ordering details, keep an eye on the DGM Live! website.
A crucial new April batch from German label SicSic Tapes includes fresh sounds from three favorites — Grasshopper, Voder Deth Squad and Venn Rain — and the little sample of Wolf Fluorescence makes me eager to hear more. (Is that a Mellotron on side two?)
Koppklys Records, a newish tape label based in Oslo, Norway, has just released its second batch of tapes: three titles this time, one apiece from Sundrips (sample embedded above), Basic House and Phylum Child. I don’t know the latter two acts, but based on the quality of the first four titles from the label – brought to you by the same fine folks who run the tape blog Uaxuctum – I’ll happily recommend these. (Two titles from the previous four-tape batch are still available, as well.)